Denis Johnson

Encounters: How to Hopscotch from one favorite writer to the next

Encounters: How to Hopscotch from one favorite writer to the next

This (for now) is less about Denis Johnson than about the way that following our favorite authors opens unexpected conversations, permitting chance encounters with writers we otherwise might not have met. It’s like one friend guaranteeing that we’ll enjoy the company of another.

My start-of-the-year reading of Johnson’s work opened the door to Leonard Gardner and his slim masterpiece Fat City (1969).